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Caring and Sharing

While so many of us love making things for ourselves and our families, many in the Lion community go further, creating for those in need. Join us in this section and be touched by these true stories of caring and sharing submitted by Lion Brand readers.

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

My husband and I like to go camping with friends whenever we can during the warm weather. About three years ago, my camping friend was knitting something I really admired for its beauty, so I asked her what it was she was making. She replied that it was a prayer shawl for her church ministry. Immediately my heart was so touched that I wanted to knit prayer shawls for our church, too. It had been approximately 40 years since I had knitted anything, so the next time we camped I took yarn along so my friend could show me how to cast on and cast off--those skills had been totally forgotten!

Initially, I was the only one knitting, as there was no one else in our church who could knit or they didn't have the time because they worked full time and had families. After I had knit about 12 shawls, I convinced a friend at church to try it. She said she was so busy but would give it a try. She got hooked when she realized how well received the shawls were by those who were ill or had lost a loved one. The ministry overwhelmed her heart as it has mine.

From the beginning, we have used only Homespun for the shawls, as we love the softness and it is so nice next to the skin, and it's easy to care for. We have tried to be anonymous knitters, but some of the recipients have realized that it was one of us and have thanked us time and time again for the precious gift. There are so many prayers said while knitting the shawls that the Holy Spirit has touched the lives of the recipients and the knitters beyond belief. Sometimes we know for whom we are knitting the shawl, so we can be specific in our prayers.

So far the two of us have knit approximately 20 shawls. We purchase the yarn ourselves when it's on sale because it is our gift to the church for this ministry. I'm trying to promote the ministry even more within the church so that others will begin knitting with us, but so far it's just the two of us. The only publicity the ministry has received is a bit in the weekly bulletin asking others to participate and explaining what a blessing it has been to those who have received a shawl.

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